Donegal national school picks up flagship award

first_imgKillygordon National School received an Ulster-Scots Agency Flagship Award on Friday the 3rd of May from Gary Blair, the Education Officer at the Ulster-Scots Agency. The school took part in the Ulster-Scots Flagship Programme that was a 30-week course where they engaged in all different kinds of music involving the snare drum, the tenor drum and also Scottish country dancing. The Ulster-Scots Flagship School Programme is a cultural and educational programme and its aim is to support primary schools in the development of high quality educational and curriculum opportunities for children and young people to learn more about Ulster-Scots traditions and culture. The programme has a range of themes to get children more involved in the culture and knowledge. The themes include music, dance, language and literature, history and geography, arts and science, drama and citizenship. Donegal national school picks up flagship award was last modified: May 8th, 2019 by Caitlin LairdShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:killygordon national schoolUlster-Scots Agency Flagship Awardlast_img read more

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Geocaching country souvenir: Cyprus

first_imgCyprus Geocaching country souvenirCyprus is the third largest and most populous island country in the Mediterranean. At 9,251 km² (3,572 mi²) and over 1.1 million inhabitants, the country is full of a vibrant culture with a rich past spanning over 10,000 years. One moment you might be exploring the glorious rocky coastline, the next you may find yourself surrounded by an archaeological site filled with historical intrigue. Here are three facts to pique your interest:Famed for its spectacular beaches, the crystal clear Cypriot waters are designated among the cleanest in the world thanks to the work of the Cyprus Marine Environment Protection Association. The temperature of the open sea ranges from 16° (60° F) during the coolest months and climbs to 27° C (80° F) in August.Cyprus is one of only four European countries that drive on the left side of the road. The other three are the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Malta.With so much magic in the air, it’s little wonder that Aphrodite, Ancient Greek Goddess of Love and Beauty, is famed to have risen from the shores of the island’s west coast. If you get lost exploring the 1,100+ active caches in Cyprus, here are three to set your sails in the right direction:Ghost ShipTraditional | GC4KMPX | by white-star | D1.5 / T1.5In 2011 the Edro III, a 2,127 metric ton (2,517 US ton) freighter, ran aground in stormy weather in the Sea Caves area of Paphos on the western shores. The ship drifted until it finally ran aground approximately 15 m (49 ft) from the shore with the bow firmly wedged onto a rocky stretch of the beach. It is unknown how, or if, the boat will be removed but, in the meantime, it serves as a unique attraction for tourists, weddings, and geocachers!Napa ViewTraditional | GCZ6MV | by Brandi Sour | D2 / T2.5Ayia Napa lies near Cape Gkreko National Park at the eastern part of Cyprus. The resort town has 27 beaches, 14 of which have received the Blue Flag award for high environmental, educational, safety and accessibility ratings, more than any other resort in Cyprus. The vantage point near the church of Saint Epiphanios offers sweeping views across the ever-growing town.Büyük HanTraditional | GC6H09T | by TheSnowdens  | D1.5 / T1.5Büyük Han (“Great Inn”) is the largest caravanseri in Cyprus. Built in 1572, come nightfall, weary travellers would head towards the nearest han, or inn. It is located in the capital city of Nicosia, the farthest southeast of all European Union member states’ capitals, and has been continuously inhabited for over 4,500 years. Today, the han is ground zero for a Traditional Cache as well as a thriving arts center, with both upper guest rooms and lower stables occupied by small artists shops.We announced five new Geocaching country souvenirs on Monday, December 10, 2018. If you have found a geocache in any of these countries, you automatically receive the souvenir on your profile. Check out all of the Geocaching souvenirs here.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedFive new Geocaching country souvenirs for 2018December 10, 2018In “News”Geocaching country souvenir: MaltaDecember 7, 2017In “News”The Argo — Geocache of the WeekDecember 4, 2019In “Community”last_img read more

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5 predictions for artificial intelligence in 2017

first_imgStuart Frankel Tags:#AI#artificial intelligence#featured#Google#IBM#Internet of Things#IoT#Salesforce#top Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puckcenter_img Related Posts Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Artificial intelligence (AI) has officially gone mainstream. Industry research firm Gartner named AI as its number one strategic technology for a second year in a row. The acquisitions race among giants like Google, IBM, Salesforce and Apple to purchase private AI companies keeps heating up — 2016 alone saw 40 AI-related acquisitions and our own research found that 62% of large enterprises will be using AI-technologies by 2018.Since everyone seems to be talking about AI broadly, we focused our predictions this year on what we see happening with communications and AI.See also: Will artificial intelligence mean the end of cyberthreats?As a leader in this area, we are working with enterprises to close the communication gap between man and machine. For 2017, our predictions are related to how we’ll communicate with computers and other devices, how AI systems will communicate with each other, and how we’ll communicate with each other about AI.#1 – The movement towards conversational interfaces will accelerateThe recent, combined efforts of a number of innovative tech giants point to a coming year when interacting with technology through conversation becomes the norm. Are conversational interfaces really a big deal? They’re game-changing. Since the advent of computers, we have been forced to speak the language of computers in order to communicate with them and now we’re teaching them to communicate in our language.Search engines like Google and Bing have already made big moves enabling search queries via spoken word while Facebook launched an AI-effort, DeepText, to understand individual users’ conversational patterns and interests. Meanwhile, the move toward natural language interfaces has already picked up steam with the explosion of companies focused on enabling chatbots, digital assistants and even messaging apps eclipsing social networks in monthly activity. Beyond 2017, think of a future when we can casually ask our personal devices for information regardless of subject – “How much money do I have in checking?”, “When was my last physical?” or “What restaurant within a 10-minute driving distance has an open table for 2 people?”#2 – Design will begin to evolve to increase our trust in AIIf people don’t trust AI, they won’t use it. In the next year, designers will begin to apply knowledge of human interaction, specifically in the area of how we earn trust and respect, to AI systems. Elements of communication like tone, sentiment, timing, visual cues and word choice combined with AI technologies like natural language generation that increase transparency into how these systems operate will play a role in helping users trust and rely on AI systems.Stanford’s recent study on AI’s impact over the next 100 years states it well, “Design strategies that enhance the ability of humans to understand AI systems and decisions (such as explicitly explaining those decisions), and to participate in their use, may help build trust and prevent drastic failures, it’s critical that engineers and designers create systems that communicate freely about how they work.” In other words, if my AI-powered home monitoring system unlocks my home for an unscheduled visitor in the middle of the day, it better be able to explain why.#3 – We’ll start talking about how AI systems talk to each otherIn the next year, efforts will begin to create universal standards for AI to AI interactions. Without standards, AI technologies will increasingly become siloed or worse, interfere negatively with each other when multiple AI systems are involved in determining a single outcome. Imagine driverless cars on a collision course without the means to communicate with each other or an enterprise with multiple siloed AI systems that has a predictive analytics system moderating decisions about production levels but another AI system with a different data source that has indicated production needs to change. 2017 will be the beginning of talks among the tech giants, relevant industry associations and governmental bodies to establish universal AI standards.#4 – AI will take a hit due to imbedded biasIn 2016, examples that reflected the multiple sources of bias that can occur within AI systems. Some of these sources include the data used to train systems, users’ interactions with the systems, similarity bias and the bias of conflicting goals. Most of this bias currently goes unnoticed but as AI usage grows and increasingly impacts people’s lives, recommendations need to be established for acknowledging and addressing systems’ biases or AI will take a major hit impeding future progress.#5 – Enterprises will start to demand ROI from their AICompanies will begin looking for demonstrable value and ROI proof points from AI technologies. While funding for AI-related startups keeps increasing – in the last 5 years alone, investments in AI have grown tenfold from $94M in 2011 to $1049M in 2016 – we’ve seen few real commercial applications surface. Most often these technologies are piloted by Innovation teams or an R&D department. 2017 will be the tipping point when companies start questioning their investments and AI will have to grow up.It’s pretty amazing to think that just two years ago we were talking about AI and robots coming to kill us. Tech luminaries were proclaiming AI would bring upon the apocalypse and now, some of these same people are founding organizations to push AI to its limits. So much has been accomplished in a short span of time, and we’re now starting to realize the benefits of partnering with AI versus fearing it. I’m already looking forward to next year when I can review my predictions to see how we fared – or more likely, I’ll be asking my intelligent system to tell me about my hits and misses. Hopefully, I’ll do well.last_img read more

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Partners’ Forum on Women’s & Children’s Health – Day 1

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 15, 2010June 20, 2017By: Tim Thomas, Senior Advisor, MHTFClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)On the sidelines of the political posturing and rhetoric at the Partners’ Forum on Women’s & Children’s Health sponsored by the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health underway at the prestigious Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi this weekend, there have been some illuminating discussions. The day before the event, there was a robust agenda of “Pre-Forum Technical Discussions” that better demonstrated the Forum’s theme (“From Pledges to Action”) than the Forum itself.Hidden in the schedule was one rich and intriguing session that deserved better publicity. A group of young researchers from the Public Health Foundation of India (the MHTF’s partner in the Global Maternal Health Conference held in Delhi 2 months earlier) presented their findings of innovative interventions across India in several fields: maternal health, adolescent and sexual health, family planning, policy/advocacy, access and referral, and infrastructure. Using some simple criteria to define “innovative,” these researchers have compiled a directory of projects that are demonstrating success and deserve closer scrutiny. I joined the challenging q & a session after the presentations, questioning why there was no mention of any projects rolling out mag sulfate for the treatment of eclampsia/pre-eclampsia at the community level — the researcher in charge replied that she was dismayed to find no documentation of such work in India. I also asked if there was any work underway on using misoprostol without mifepristone for 1st trimester abortions — again, no data on any such effort. Clearly two opportunities for programmers that need to be seized.After that session at the Indian Islamic Center, I tuk-tuked over to the conference venue to catch the last 1.5 hours of a consultation for the PMNCH NGO constituency where roundtables were set up for a prodigious group to break out and discuss a series of ill-conceived questions about how NGOs can/should be engaged in accountability for the Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women and Children — the Forum’s major document. The organizers’ efforts for inclusivity resulted in a discursive and often repetitive list of demands and strategies none of which seemed to call on the Secretary General himself to be held accountable. Cynics like me see the S-G’s Strategy to be one of his major campaign tactics to amass support for his re-appointment to a second term next year. The Strategy itself offers nothing new — it is mostly an adaptation of previous multi-lateral declarations, calls-to-action and a few treaties compiled in a new format. I assume that the Forum organizers were counting on the process of this NGO consultation to be more important any actions resulting from it.A welcome change in tone and topic came immediately following in a session convened by the impressive mHealth Alliance, literally on the heels of their Summit held in Washington DC which my colleague Raji Mohanam has been blogging about here in the past few days. David Aylward, the head of the Alliance framed the conversation by presenting an overview of how new and existing information and communication technologies are re-shaping public health research and interventions. He then introduced Al Hammond, a social entrepreneur who’s company HealthPoint Services Global is piloting a hub-based mobile health care scheme for pregnancy women in Punjab. The session was designed to be interactive and it decidedly so. Participants included local and global NGOs, the telecom industry, health care rights advocates, and other mobile health project leaders. It was a challenging and often contentious conversation that seemed to inform Aylward and his Alliance significantly as they are rolling out a dedicated maternal health initiative. Their site has a place for projects to promote themselves and an ideas exchange that is designed to shape the initiative. Check it out.The most provocative conclusion reached in the m4Health session addressed the ongoing shortage of doctors and nurses available to the poor and marginalized With absurd patient:doctor ratios growing more absurd as brain drains proliferate, one participant suggested that the ambition to train and deploy more trained health care professionals is short-sighted; instead of looking to more in-person treatments, it’s time to scale-up virtual treatments where fewer doctors and nurses can treat more patients ideally with an stronger emphasis on prevention. Necessity is indeed the mother of invention.Share this:last_img read more

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10 months agoCasemiro ‘so happy’ with Real Madrid return

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Casemiro ‘so happy’ with Real Madrid returnby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCasemiro is excited to be back in the Real Madrid team this week.The midfielder featured in the Club World Cup semifinal against Kashima Antlers.Casemiro said, “I’m so happy to be back playing with my teammates. It’s been a harsh lesson but I’m back now and I’m ready when the coach needs me. I would like to thank the doctors and the physios for how much they’ve helped me and the kindness they’ve shown. “They’ve been keen to get me back playing. Now I have to get back match-fit so I can play like I was doing before the injury. “We go away with the job done, we’re very happy. We have to respect the opposition, it’ll be a tough game. If they’re in the final, they’re there on merit. We’re eager to win the final because it’s a hugely important title for us. We have to head into this game as we always do, this club always demands the best.” last_img read more

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a month agoMan Utd defender Maguire responds to Solskjaer captaincy claims

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd defender Maguire responds to Solskjaer captaincy claimsby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Harry Maguire admits he still needs to work on his leadership skills.Unted manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer repealed last week that he envisages Maguire becoming the club captain.”It’s something I still want to improve on, my leadership qualities on the pitch and especially my talking,” he said. “I want to demand more from the players, demand standards, but I’m obviously not concentrating on that at the moment. “I am fully focused on improving the team and getting this club back to where it should be.” last_img read more

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22 days agoAgents admit Crystal Palace boss Hodgson remains keen on CSKA striker Chalov

first_imgAgents admit Crystal Palace boss Hodgson remains keen on CSKA striker Chalovby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson remains keen on CSKA Moscow striker Fedor Chalov.That’s according to his management team, with Hodgson in touch.A spokesman for Chalov’s reps said, “I talked to Roy Hodgson and for Chalov he likes him very much. “I cannot exclude a sale in the next summer market session.”Palace pushed hard to sign Chalov over the summer, but CSKA priced him out of a move. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Meet Alabama’s 2016 Recruiting Class: National Signing Day Recap

first_imgAlabama commits from the 2016 recruiting class.Once again, Alabama dominated National Signing Day. The Crimson Tide reeled in a number of blue chip players on Wednesday, leading to a massive jump in the rankings. Three separate recruiting websites named Alabama it’s recruiting national champion, making it the sixth year in a row that the Crimson Tide has secured that honor.Three five-stars and an astounding 14 four-star players are included in Alabama’s top-ranked class. Here is the full list, via 247Sports.‘Bama introduced its new signees and early enrollees on Twitter Wednesday.Before we get started with today’s signees, here is a look at our early enrollees. #BamaNSD16 pic.twitter.com/UwxItua879— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Before we get started with today’s signees, here is a look at our early enrollees. #BamaNSD16 pic.twitter.com/c58Ct3ioh9— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s ninth signee of the 2016 class is OL Scott Lashley. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/w9Tf0JAfms— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 10th signee of the 2016 class is DL Raekwon Davis. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/HJeLhlvBOa— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 11th signee of the 2016 class is DB Nigel Knott. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/vl2kVeq39y— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 12th signee of the 2016 class is DL Quinnen Williams. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/5IoYtK6NVL— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 13th signee of the 2016 class is DB Shyheim Carter. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/GrgmATNE0e— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 14th signee of the 2016 class is WR Trevon Diggs. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/JQiGar1Ovx— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 15th signee of the 2016 class is DB Jared Mayden. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/yM634kgnEI— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 16th signee of the 2016 class is OL Deonte Brown. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/ixsbFhSCzL— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 17th signee of the 2016 class is LB Ben Davis. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/8bavb9skSA— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 18th signee of the 2016 class is RB Joshua Jacobs. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/jeJ5ETmcrc— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 19th signee of the 2016 class is DB Aaron Robinson. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/8DsyBPEN95— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 20th signee of the 2016 class is RB B.J. Emmons #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/uePuAKNGvO— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 21st signee of the 2016 class is DL Kendell Jones #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/4xxXyS9j0Y— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 22nd signee of the 2016 class is LB Mack Wilson. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/QWqdX3d679— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 23rd signee of the 2016 class is LB Terrell Hall. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/z36bEqcLu3— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 24th signee of the 2016 class is DL Jamar King. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/5DfQ9eAt1O— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama’s 25th signee of the 2016 class is TE Irvin Smith Jr. #BamaNSD16 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/g9CMFGeLBt— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) February 3, 2016Alabama opens its season against USC in Arlington on September 3.last_img read more

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15 Bert Bowes Students surprised by West Jet

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Members of ‘Students for Change” at Bert Bowes Middle school were surprised with flights to an upcoming event in Vancouver for WE Day.West Jet, working with the ‘WE’ organization, chose these students to receive this incentive as Bert Bowes students showed excellent local and global work during the last school year. West Jet and ‘WE’ want to give deserving students from rural and remote communities the opportunity to participate in this inspiring day.WE Day, held in Vancouver on November 22nd, is for Changemakers, this is a powerful experience that brings youth and students together to participate and be inspired by world-renowned speakers and performers The announcement was made in the school’s library where the chairs were set like rows in an airplane with the projector set at the front, as the students entered the room each was handed a boarding pass and told to take a seat.  The presentation started, it was styled like a safety instructional video as seen on an aircraft.The presentation would reveal to the students that they had been chosen by West Jet to receive these flights and would also be given an upgraded experience for their trip to the WE Day celebration.  This would include upgraded accommodation as well as being on the floor of the event rather than Stadium seating.Also included in the upgrade, is the invitation for student Brianna Rogerson to be on stage. As the spokesperson for Bert Bowes ‘Students for Change’ she will share with all the attendees of the WE Day Celebrations what their school has done to create change. Rogerson was chosen for this position as she has given years of service to her group and her leadership skills to help the group earn WE day tickets.Bert Bowes started WE School campaigns within the school in 2012, to raise awareness of global and local issues, creating change, and commitment.  The WE organization website says ‘When we come together we can create a better world. Through a positive social change in the community and around the world.’ This is a movement to inspire youth to act and they can make a change in their world.Student Brianna Rogerson travels from the Education Learning Centre (ELC) campus to participate with the “Student to Change’ group.  She says “last year we took the bus and were gone from the school for a week and this time it will be two days which will be a help” Rogerson goes on to say “It’s so much different from last year, like we were up on the balcony seats and I kind of thought, I wish one day Bert Bowes gets the chance to go on the floor with all the schools and to have this happen the next year it’s like amazing, it’s like a dream come true.”last_img read more

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Biggest outage hits Facebook Instagram users worldwide

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO: Facebook grappled on Thursday with a widespread outage, forcing millions of people to taste life without the world’s largest social media platform. It was probably the last thing Facebook needed as it stumbles from problem to problem, including outrage over its use of customers’ private data. The outage began Wednesday afternoon and triggered a flood of gripes on downdetector.com, which tracks trouble accessing online pages, and on rival Twitter. A Downdetector map late on Wednesday showed Facebook service troubles persisting in parts of Australia, Asia, Europe, South America and North America. As of early Thursday the problem remained in parts of Europe and Asia, although moaning from America and else where kept coming. “You guys should look in the mirror at yourselves and hear how you sound,” a person with the handle Johanna wrote on Downdetector.last_img read more

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